The infighting in the Kitui County Government is unhealthy and will hurt development if not nipped in the bud.
Governor Charity Ngilu, who has been engaged in a war of words with the County Assembly over budgetary allocations, has held out an olive branch to the MCAs.
Ms Ngilu has termed differences between her and the majority Wiper Party-allied MCAs ‘egocentric’, and rightly warned that they will only end up hurting the people they represent.
The MCAs accuse Ngilu’s government of dishonesty, disrespect, marginalisation of wards, inequitable distribution of county resources and nepotism in employment and are threatening to kick her out of office.
That should be the last resort. The governor is ready to meet the MCAs to iron out the differences and MCAs should give dialogue a chance.
Being Makueni County’s neighbours, Kitui leaders ought to have learnt a lesson from the 2015 standoff between Governor Kivutha Kibwana and the MCAs. Whenever the executive and the ward reps pull in different directions, it is the public that suffers.
Unfortunately, similar drama is also unfolding in Taita Taveta County.
Ngilu’s problems seem to stem partly from the fact that her party does not command the majority in the assembly. That’s why the Wiper leadership ought to intervene and implore its members to dialogue with Ngilu to end protracted supremacy wars.
Where there is room for negotiations, leaders should never employ other tactics that can hurt service delivery–the only thing wananchi are craving for.